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Tuesday, 18 November 1997
Page: 9009


Senator HARRADINE(5.18 p.m.) —Is it thought by the government that what is proposed in the amendment would so conflict on occasion with the provisions of the workplace relations legislation that it would be less beneficial than the provisions of the workplace relations legislation and thus create a situation where the employee may take action to see that the more beneficial regime is applied? First of all, is it not a fact that if one makes specific requirements upon agency heads, as is proposed under this amendment, that that then overrides the provisions of the workplace relations legislation? Under those circumstances, there would be no such cause for concern on the government's part as to the possibility of litigation. Secondly—perhaps the clarification should come from the mover of the amendment as well as the government—is it being suggested that these criteria for termination of employment that we are considering may in some way be less beneficial than the provisions in the Workplace Relations Act?